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Cheapish Circa 1869 Wisconsin Mansion For Sale – The Griffith-Boyle House Under $150K Sold!
June 25, 2023
OHU50K Notes $149,900 Sold on July 20, 2023 for $135,000
Here is a five bedroom, three bath, 4,534sf mansion for sale known as the Griffith-Boyle House. The brick Second Empire with mansard roof is expressive of the skill of the era’s woodworkers. The lot contains three buildings, the house, a brick carriage house with mansard roof, and a Victorian pool house. Read the history of the house below.
Step back into history and immerse yourself in this historic Fond du Lac, diamond in the rough. This home offers loads of potential as a one of a kind Wisconsin Mid-1800s Victorian home. This home features 5 bed, 3 bath, over 4, 500 sq ft, and even more sq ft once you finish it all! This home is a fixer upper to bring back it’s former glory! Large detached garage, and over a 1/2 acre in the city! Beautiful hardwood floors, dual staircases, custom stained-glass, woodwork, painting, and unique room finishes are only a few things that make this home a one of a kind. 2 newer N/G furnaces and electrical panel. PROOF OF FUNDS LETTER IS REQUIRED BEFORE ANY AND ALL SHOWINGS. This home will not pass for most, if any, financing types.
0.54 acre lot
Build date 1869
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133 W Division St, Fond du Lac, WI, 54935 $149,900
This house was built in 1869 for John Q. Griffith on land he purchased in 1866. When he first came to Fond du Lac, John Q. supervised transportation facilities between the city and Sheboygan. Later he built his fortune in real estate and as a lumberman.
Griffith Street in Fond du Lac is named for John Q. Griffith as he laid out the addition in that area. Later in 1879 he built a lumber mill northwest of the West Division Street Bridge, just a short walk from his house. He lived in the mansion with his wife Jennie, and children, Carver, Hattie, Burtie, Jennie, Mary and Sallie. In 1870, Mr. Griffith’s real estate holdings were valued at $40,000, the equivalent of $930,000 today.
In 1889, John and Margaret Boyle purchased the mansion for $4,300. John Boyle, known for his philanthropic work, was president of the Northwestern Yeast Company. Boyle is responsible for building the playhouse. He died in the home in 1922, but his widow, Margaret, remained in the home until her death in 1958.
The house stood vacant for several months before Monte Newhouser purchased it sometime around 1960.
You can read more about the mansion’s architectural elements and family histories here.